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Will cycling destroy my knees?

Old 12-18-09, 10:52 PM
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Haha, I laugh when somebody said don't worry about your knees in your 20's, I'm 22 and most of my friends have had knees worked on. I can't run over a few miles without my knees wanting to quit. I have messed up both knees from sports, but they have braces for that stuff. I love to ride my bike because it put mine in the least pain. Cycling keeps me in good shape so I still do all my other sports. My ankles are also big fans of cycling, after braking one and the other insn't in get shape. I say keep biking, it keeps the body happy.
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Old 12-19-09, 12:10 AM
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When I was 20 and had my first knee surgery, my doctor recommended I continue cycling, as it strengthens the knee joint and doesn't have impact or torque under load.
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Originally Posted by mustang1
I heard (from BF) for best results you should also keep your cadence high (90+). Higher is better, causes less stress on the knees. I dont know if that's true, or a myth. I'm just repeating the gospel I heard. And it may help you.
It's not the low cadence that does it, it's high torque. It's just that the two are often linked. It's like lifting weights, and if you are pushing too much weight it's going to be hard on your knees. But when you increase your strength gradually the joints strengthen with it, so you can handle more weight/torque.

Here is a thought exercise: if you have two people, person A and person B, and person B can put out twice as much power as A. At the same cadence, person B is pushing twice the torque. If they went riding together (and they weighed the same), their power output would be the same. Person B could either keep their cadence the same and drop their torque, or keep the torque the same and drop the cadence. Rider B could comfortably ride at the same STRENGTH as they would otherwise ride but half the cadence as rider A.

You will see people often comment that when they are really hammering their cadence will increase and if they are cruising at an easy pace their cadence will naturally drop.
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yes! stop now and take up running-preferably on concrete/asphalt and include long flights of stairs at least twice a week!
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Running kills my joints but some impact is good for the bones.
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Old 12-19-09, 05:39 AM
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mais oui...otherwise we suffer from bone density loss.
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Old 12-19-09, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by mustang1
I heard (from BF) for best results you should....
Popcorn thread topic.
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i want to pipe in and say that i picked up cycling to STRENGTHEN my knees. they were all weak, i had hurt them trying to run while fat. I was also recovering from minor foot surgery. My knees and ankles were always in pain before i started riding a bike. Anyway doing a few squats a week and distance cycling this year has made my lose weight and build my lower body muscles. like everyone said make sure you are riding comfortably. my lower body is noticeably stronger than it was now and i'm not twisting my ankle when i hike or coming back with sore knees.
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Old 12-19-09, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe
Life will destroy your knees...

You have two options...
“Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
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